Security Guard Charged in a Hit-and-Run

By Peter DePaolis

An arrest has been made in the fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian in Southeast Washington, D.C.. On April 28th at around 8:40 pm, a 68-year-old woman was walking south on Southern Ave when she was struck by a tan 1999 Mercedes Benz. Unfortunately, the victim did not survive her injuries.

Police investigated and tracked the car to a DC Police-licensed security guard, who claimed the vehicle had been stolen that night. The security guard originally called the police to report the vehicle stolen, but later she admitted that she was driving the car when it struck the 68-year-old pedestrian. The security guard was arrested and now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Can an Attorney Help Pedestrian Accident Victims?

In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents here in the United States, and 20 percent of those deaths were pedestrians 65 years of age or older. Traffic accidents involving pedestrians can be common in our country, but there are things everyday people can do to bring these statistics down. For information on how you can prevent these kinds of accidents, watch our blog or visit our transportation accidents page.

However, if tragedy comes and your family is bereft by the loss of a loved one, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis. Our experience has helped many past clients and we will do our best to help you in your time of need.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.